The Presentation School, an independent school guided by Catholic values, challenges its students to be active learners reaching their individual potentials with an integrated curriculum and small class size. As a visionary, collaborative, faith-filled community, together we work to prepare students spiritually, academically, socially, and physically to become life-long learners and socially responsible leaders.
Student Enrollment: 181
Faculty: 13 full and 8 part-time credentialed faculty
Head of School: Scott Parker
Enriched Curriculum: In addition to the Core Curriculum, students receive instruction in music, art, faith, technology, Spanish and physical education in all grades.
Elective Offerings: Leadership, Yearbook, Piano, Choir, Technology, Fine Art, World Sports. The selection of offerings changes three times a year.
Academic Competitions: Beginning in the intermediate grades, students compete annually in the County Science Olympiad, the County Spelling Bee, The Justin-Siena Math Competition, Sonoma County Science Fair and a handful of regional and national essay, poetry and art competitions.
The Arts: Presentation has both dedicated Art and Music teachers and the school boasts an ambitious arts curriculum that includes fine arts, drama and music. The school puts on an annual full-scale, all-school musical in the winter and a school-wide Art Show in the spring.
Athletics: Presentation students compete in the Middle School Sports League in Flag Football, Basketball, Volleyball, Tennis, Track & Field, Cross Country, and Golf.
Student/Teacher Ratio: Our average class size is 20, with a teacher/student ratio of 1:9.
Campus: The School moved into a new state-of-the-art campus in the fall of 2006. In the heart of Sonoma Valley the school is situated on 4.5 acres in a park-like setting with classroom and administration buildings, library and computer/technology center, dedicated art and science rooms, and an impressive Activity Center that houses a high school size basketball/volleyball court, a theater with full stage, a 40’ horizontal climbing wall, kitchen and classroom space. In addition, there is a dedicated play area for kindergartners, a school garden and extensive fields for athletics. We are a wireless campus.
Tuition: 2017-18 Tuition for Grades K-8 is $11,900.
Financial Aid: Nearly 25% of our families receive confidential need-based financial aid.
Student Demographics: Our diverse student body hails from throughout Sonoma Valley as well as Napa, Petaluma and Fairfield.
Religious Make-Up: As an independent K-8 school, rooted in the Catholic tradition, our community welcomes and celebrates families from all faith backgrounds. Students participate in a faith instruction integrated with the year-long liturgy series. Bible stories and school values, such as love, gratitude, respect and service are woven into the curriculum and fabric of the school community.
Accreditations/Affiliations: WASC (The Western Association of Schools and Colleges) and Independent School Management. SEVIS authorized for F-1 Visa students.
High School Matriculation: Our graduates typically chose to attend Sonoma Academy, Marin Academy, or Sonoma Valley High School Justin-Siena (Napa), Cardinal-Newman and Maria Carillo (Santa Rosa), St. Vincent De Paul (Petaluma). Current grads are also at The Groton School in Massachusetts, Choate Rosemary Hall School in Connecticut, The Kent School in Connecticut and Robert Louis Stevenson in Carmel, CA.
Challenging Our Students: Incoming students are assessed for math and language arts placement and these placements are re-evaluated every fall. Based on annual assessments students are placed in appropriate Language Arts and Math classes to address differential learning.
Standardized Testing: In Grades K-2, three times a year, Presentation administers an online formative assessment called "Children's Progress.” Children's Progress (www.childrensprogress.com) is an adaptive assessment of major grade-appropriate language arts and mathematics concepts. The assessment helps teachers pinpoint how to best challenge and support each child as the student progresses through the primary grades.
In grades 3-8, we administer the Stanford-10 because it is the test used by the most academically rigorous public, private and parochial schools nationwide. Our students score exceptionally well when stacked up against students at the top schools in the country. Through small class sizes, small group learning and differentiated instruction, we strive to help every student achieve their very highest potential. Last year, the average Presentation student score was in the 82nd percentile in Total Reading and in the 88th percentile in Total Math. 45 students (45% of our students tested) scored in the 95th percentile or higher on either Total Reading or Total Math which qualifies them to participate in the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth Gifted Program (the leading non-profit gifted studies organization in the US).
College Matriculation: While we are still a relatively new school with few graduates of college-going age, Presentation graduates have gone on to attend Princeton University, Stanford University, Boston University, New York University, University of Virginia, Tufts University, UCLA, Berkeley and numerous other highly selective colleges.